In this video André van Stel discusses his research presented at the Annual Global Research Workshop on Freelancing and Self-Employment 2016.
His research investigates a sample of solo self-employed people in the Netherlands for the purpose of explaining performance differences among them from a motivational perspective.
Van Stel draws a specific comparison between the people who deliberately pursue self-employment as a career choice (opportunity entrepreneurs) and those of them who have no alternative source of income (necessity entrepreneurs).
He finds that while necessity entrepreneurs indeed earn less, over half of them still make 25,000 € or more per year. Therefore, policy concerns about ‘hidden precariat’ may be overstated.
Van Stel. A. (2016), ‘Explaining entrepreneurial performance of solo self-employed from a motivational perspective' [Online Video], 25 November 2016, Available from: http://www.crse.co.uk/